Belt tool sharpener and honer DIY #4: Grinding / sanding belt organizer

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-13-2019 12:57 AM 693 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Belt tool sharpener and honer DIY IV
Grinding / sanding belt organizer

Ok, some of you know I have a thing about tools, well not just tools, but more tools in place…
Ok, I admit it, I’m a orderholic and I’m proud of it!
Yes, I like tools, but I hate when I can’t find what I need – or more exactly I love to work in a flow and not spend my time searching for tools or screws or what ever.
The only way to live with that is to make order in your stuff, especially as you gather more and more tools and accessories.

So I was almost screaming, when I was lost in the belts for the sharpening machine, could not find ot witch one I had used or what size I needed and I suddenly had a spaghetti of bands all over the table.

Time to make some organization.
We need board a little wider than the length of the sanding band and dowel.

Two bands next to each other then making a mark on the dowel.

Set the stop on the table saw, listen to good music and cut, cut, cut, cut… thirty times.

Now put whiskey in a glass, just two fingers, then round, round, round, taste, round…
Rounding on end and a light touch on the other end.

A jig to hold the dowel straight, just drilled a hole in scrap wood.
If you only had that two finger whiskey, continue.

Drill, drill, drill, listen to your favorite music, drill, drill…

At one end of the board, I marked up 2cm from the edge and side, then 3cm between marks.
A big smile on my lips and drill, drill, drill…

I’ll spare you now, just put screws through the holes and screw the dowels on to the board.

Dowels on a board!

Yes, then a dowel at the end of the other end of the band, a wee loose, so there are extra room.
(Try with different bands and stacked bands also).
Then mark where you want the dowel center.

And the it starts all over again… marking, whiskey, drilling, music, screwing…
Ok, I think you got it.

I put some masking tape to write on, like this it’s easy to rearange.
Then slipped the bands over the rods.

Like this it is easy to see what band and what grit.

The reason there are two layers, are that the new ones are under and the one in use on top.
Note I also write with big letters the grit and mark the direction with an arrow.

Now all I need is to find a place for the machine and the band board.
Thank you for being patient with my bad humor…
It was a wonderful whiskey, a gift from my dear love, the music was Lisa Ekdahl, when did you leave heaven (by: Richard A. Whiting / Walter Bullock), my nose was spoiled by the smell of wood and in my heart were all the people I love – what more can a man ask for.


Here a little update, I got up on the wall today.

Everything just where I need it.

Even had time to sharpen a spoon knife blade I just made for a friend. ;-)

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps even some band boards.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

8 comments so far

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2039 posts in 3126 days

#1 posted 04-13-2019 01:35 AM

Wonderful solution for a common problem, and very well explained (including the humour). ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 04-13-2019 11:48 AM

Order out of chaos. Wonderful solution my friend.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-13-2019 11:49 AM

nice work, mads. i am like you…i like a place for everything and everything in its place so i can find it right away.
if something is missing, i’ll stop and look for it to be back where it belongs.

sorry for no caps…i only have one hand to use for a while

cheers, jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 04-13-2019 12:44 PM

Nice bit of organization, Mads!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 04-13-2019 10:12 PM

and in my heart were all the people I love – what more can a man ask for.

So True!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 04-16-2019 05:04 AM

COOL solution to a storage problem…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 04-20-2019 11:22 AM

Joe L, thank you – problem solved (now I just got to figure out, where to hang it…). ;-D
lew, a warm smile and a thought to you my friend, yes we can’t ask for more.
Dave P, all in place and I smile.
Jim J, auuucchhhh hope that hand will be fine again soon, we don’t need caps, we need order. ;-D
Brit, thank you, I look forward to actually finding time to use the machine now – I have one of those periods where life just fly away and I feel I hardly touch the ground and just run in and out of the workshop. But I smile and that’s all we can ask for.
druid, big smile and a laugh, thank you.
Yes I have that problem with the belts for my hand belt sander, always in chaos, always searching for the right belt… So this time I decided that no way, I wanted to keep searching, especially when the belts would get messed up due to their length.
Best thoughts to all of you and a happy easter,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 04-20-2019 06:13 PM

UPDATE – now on the wall.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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